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Supply Chain Management Specialist (Logistics)

Pemba (Mozambique)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Pemba (Mozambique)
  • Grade: LICA-10, Local Individual Contractors Agreement - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Procurement
    • Logistics
    • Supply Chain
  • Closing Date: 2021-05-18

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Background Information - Job-specific

Located in Nairobi, Kenya, the Kenya Multi Country Office manages a growing portfolio of engagements, including associated strategic and operational risks. The KEMC sub-region currently consists of an established Operation Centre in Nairobi/Kenya which manages a portfolio of engagements in multiple countries in East and South Africa. This includes transactional projects in partnership with the Nairobi based UN Agencies, UN-Habitat and UNEP, and multiple ‘operational’ projects in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique and island states.

Background Information-Project

The Project will fall under the purview of the UNOPS KEMC (Kenya Multi Country Office) Located in Nairobi, Kenya, the Kenya Multi Country Office manages a growing portfolio of engagements, including associated strategic and operational risks. The KEMC sub-region currently consists of an established Operation Centre in Nairobi/Kenya which manages a portfolio of engagements in multiple countries in East and Southern Africa. This includes a large portfolio of Infrastructure, procurement and project management service projects in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Eritrea, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and several Island states. This specific position will be based in Mozambique. 

Mozambique is recovering very slowly from the effects of Cyclone Idai and Kenneth which struck in quick succession in 2019. The country is in pursuit of peace between the Government and RENAMO - a process supported by UNOPS. At the same time, the North of Mozambique is experiencing an insurgency that has made thousands homeless and is already spilling into Tanzania. 

UNOPS is preparing for quick mobilization in Mozambique and therefore multiple positions are being advertised to enable rapid deployment and response to this emergency. 

Functional Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Project Manager, the Supply Chain Management Specialist (Logistics) will lead on all logistical activities in support of the project.  More specifically the incumbent will be responsible for the following:

  • Responsible for asset and inventory management of all the expendable and non-expendable items under this and other projects in order to maintain accurate records for accountability as well as handover of equipment when appropriate;

  • Ensure that a register for assets, non-expendable property and equipment for the project specifically, and KEMC generally, is established and maintained/updated on an ongoing basis and the asset lists are updated monthly; and monthly reports are submitted to Project Managers;

  • Provide overall management, tracking, maintenance and reporting of assets and non-expendable property and equipment in the project office, and KEMC offices, and ensure that physical verification of assets and equipment is performed on a regular schedule, and that any discrepancies are fully investigated and resolved;

  • Implement and maintain sound asset management and inventory control system in accordance with UNOPS’ Asset Management policy;

  • Prepare Receipt and Inspection Reports (RIR) for all incoming equipment and supplies;

  • Issue equipment and supplies and maintain updated inventory records for different sources of funding;

  • Implement a disposal plan in accordance with UNOPS policy for unserviceable assets and expired/damaged stock, following donor regulations and in accordance with legal agreements;

  • Review Project Asset Registry and develop a plan for verifying and re-registering assets procured by the country programme in accordance with UNOPS policy;

  • Reconcile all assets recorded in the Assets Register against the items purchased by the programme. Coordinate this reconciliation process with the KEMC Head of Support Services and the logistics sections of relevant projects;

  • Analyze and report the use of expendable items for each project and the Country Office;

  • Manage and oversee the project's entire logistics and supply chain system;

  • Monitor and control movement of equipment into and within the country including all customs matters;

  • Set up proper systems for equipment maintenance, repair and replacement during the project lifecycle;

  • Ensure all logistical aspects of the project are satisfied including the proper functioning of office utilities (e.g. electricity, water supply, etc.);

  • Supervise all logistics staff and provide skills transfer to Mozambique national staff to assist them in developing similar management characteristics and abilities;

  • Coordinate and work closely with Project Managers and department heads, both in the development of proposals and on day-to-day logistics issues and activities (identify needs, priorities, technical support on specifications and implementation /implications costs) to ensure KEMC engagements are appropriately supported by the logistics function;

  • Work to ensure that routine and emergency security measures, as they relate to logistics, are implemented. Coordinate with Security, on movements of staff and materials;

  • Advise senior management on logistics and supply chain management, structures and staffing levels to ensure they are adequate at all times to meet the requirements of the logistics strategy;

  • Maintain efficient support functions to complement successful delivery of projects.

Impact of Results
  • Projects are delivered to the satisfaction of the client/donor/stakeholders, in compliance with UNOPS’ procedures and requirements


  • Master’s degree in Management, Business Administration, International Relations, Development Studies or other related fields is required;

  • Bachelors’ degree with additional 2 years of relevant  work experience may be accepted in lieu of a Master’s degree.


  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in project implementation, operational or support functions is required.

  • Work experience in infrastructure development/logistic support projects in Africa or conflict countries is desirable.

  • Experience with  OneUNOPS, or another Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) tool is desirable.


  • Certification in Procurement and Supply Chain is desirable;

  • Certification in Financial Management is desirable;

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountant is desirable.


Fluency in written and oral English required.  Knowledge of Portugese language is required.


Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)
Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Local  Individual Contractor Agreement
Contract level: ICS 10 / LICA 10
Contract duration: Ongoing ICA – ‘ Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.’

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link: 

  • This is a local post. As such, it is only open to Mozambique Nationals or persons with valid residence permits
  • The position is based in a family duty station

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

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